Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Radiating Return {Slice of Life}

Ah, the first day back from a long vacation is always so nice.  The room just radiates with happiness. There's an excitement in the air as everyone reconnects.  We gather for morning meeting and part of this rhythm is the opportunity to share anything with our community.  Usually it's about 4 - 6 kids each day of the week except for days we return from a break.  Everyone gets to share after a long break and today that decision was confirmed when hands shot up really quickly with just the mention, "Who has something to share?  Students took turns sharing one idea to our community; ears pierced, visiting grandparents, a cruise, an island, six states to get to Florida, a hot spring, a playdate.  The ideas shared were grand and also from staycations.  I record their ideas always looking for ways to connect and foster relationships and writing ideas.  Today my heart tugged the most when W shared, "I went to a bookstore."  

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community.  

5 comments :

  1. A break is just what the students need this time of year. Now, they have the energy to tackle the learning ahead of them. I can just see all the smiles on your students.

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  2. I love bookstore and library visitors. Hooray!

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  3. I love that you slowed down to capture the moments of their lives. The older I get the more firmly I believe - teaching is all about relationships! The ending was priceless -- looking forward to our Tuesday meetups this year!!

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  4. There's nothing more exciting than a bookstore visit. And it says something about the climate in your room that he was willing to share this in the midst of cruises, an island, hot springs, etc. I always talked about how much I enjoyed a staycation, sometimes the best times are found right at home.

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  5. What a lovely day! I liked your phrase about the room radiating with happiness. So good when kids are filled with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

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